In Memory of our Sweet Bailey

Those of you who are dog lovers like me probably know how hard it is to lose a pet. Some people even consider their pet as a true member of the family, and when that pet passes, you feel a similar grief that you might if you lost a loved one. Almost 2 weeks ago, my family had to say goodbye to our beloved, sweet Bailey after 13.5 years of being a part of our family. Bailey was so special to us. Krista and I always considered her our other sister. She was spunky, rambunctious, and unbelievably loyal. She had a way of melting the hearts of anyone in her presence, even if they weren’t a “dog person.” Most people who knew her associate her with the pool. Bailey LOVED to swim. She was always the first one in the pool in the morning each summer, and the last one out each evening. Neighborhood kids would want to come swimming at our pool just to swim with Bailey. She was so special to so many people, and she will always remain a part of my heart forever. How could she not, considering I spent more than half of my life with her by my side at the time of writing this.


A few of my favorite Bailey memories…

  • When our last dog, Whitney, passed away, our house felt so empty and sad, so we went to a farm in Richmond, IN just to look around at some Jack Russel Terriers. We had no intent on coming home with a new dog that day. The main litter we went there to look at were kind of rat-like and yappy…so we weren’t interested. As we were walking back to our car, we saw a cage that appeared to be empty, but then a sweet little pup poked her head from behind a curtain, and instantly we were in love. We took her home with us that day.
  • When Bailey was just a puppy, my sister and I were supposed to be cleaning the bonus room for an upcoming family party. However, instead of cleaning, we decided to dress Bailey up, create a full backdrop out of construction paper, and have a photo shoot.
  • Every year, as soon as the pool was opened for the first time after winter, Bailey would jump in before it was even cleaned or heated. She didn’t care that the water was freezing and there were still worms in the pool…she clearly wanted to be the first one in each season.
  • Before Krista went to college, we took Bailey to Hummel Park to have a “sister play date.” We had a picnic and even let her swim in the creek!
  • When Ryan and I were in high school, we had a snow day so we spent most of the day creating a tunnel in the snow for Bailey to run through.
  • One time we took Bailey to the dunes of Lake Michigan. She loved running through the sand and playing in the water. Our aunt ran down a huge hill and Bailey followed her all the way down and back up. She was always quite the athletic pup!
  • Whenever I was home from college during the summer, Bailey would wake up early to go outside, then come upstairs and lay in bed with me until I got up. She always had to sleep right in between my legs!
  • One year we spent almost 2 weeks at our condo in Siesta Key during Christmas break, so we took Bailey with us even though dogs were not allowed there. This was one of my all-time favorite trips. Whenever we needed to take her out, we would put her in a Vera Bradley duffle bag and run her downstairs to the car so nobody would see her. At the beginning of the week she always fought getting in the bag, but by the end of the week, whenever we said “time to go potty,” she’d run and climb into the bag! Bailey absolutely loved the dog beach and the marina.
  • When Briggs was born, Bailey was always very protective of him. She’d always sit by him and keep an eye on him. Because of this, she earned the nickname “Nana,” like the dog from Peter Pan. She continued her duty when Kinsie and Kerigan were born too. Whenever my mom watches the kids and takes pictures of them, Bailey is often photobombing because she was always nearby to make sure the babies were ok.

Below is a video to honor our sweet Bailey. If you were one of the lucky ones to know her, leave a comment with your favorite Bailey memory. Enjoy!

Snow Days

As most of you already know, I’ve been very nervous to go back to work and leave my baby every day. I’ve been on maternity leave since Kinsie was born and I was supposed to return to work on Monday, January 6 when Christmas break ended. However, God must have known that I wasn’t quite ready to leave Kinsie, so He gave us some snow. A LOT of snow! This was definitely the biggest snow storm I have ever witnessed. Not only did we receive approximately 12 inches of snow, but we reached record low temperatures of -15 degrees. The roads got so bad, almost the entire state was on a “red” travel restriction, meaning it was illegal to be driving on the roads except for emergencies. For those of you who know me well, you know that I am NOT a winter person! I would not be sad if I never saw snow again, and I fully plan on moving south once Ryan is finished with medical school. With that said, this storm was not exactly my cup of tea, but I was BEYOND grateful for this snow storm, because it allowed me, not 1, not 2, but 5 extra days with my baby!

Leading up to the storm, everyone acted like it was the Apocalypse and stocked up on milk and bread as if they’d be snowed in for weeks. We all knew it was coming though, and with it, hope that I might get a snow day or two. Ryan was supposed to start classes on Monday also, but there is always less of a chance of a college campus canceling classes than an elementary school, so we knew he probably needed to go back to Muncie before the storm got too bad just in case he would still have class. After 3 wonderful weeks of him being home with us, he had to leave on Sunday morning, right after church was cancelled due to the weather. It took him almost twice as long to get back, and of course, once he was back, he found out his classes were cancelled. So we were snow in away from each other. Luckily I still had Kinsie and the dogs to keep me company, but I was so jealous of all the people who were snowed in with their entire family, and angry at the people who were already complaining about their family driving them crazy after only a day of being stuck in the house together. I am the type of person who needs alone time, but not too much. I was getting very lonely without Ryan, and I know he really missed us being in Muncie alone without any cable or even any studying to do since his classes hadn’t started yet. I am SO thankful for my in-laws who ventured out in the trecherous weather to bring me dinner and to shovel a pathway for my dogs to go outside. Speaking of the dogs…it was so cold one morning, when I let them out to go potty, Addie ran right back in and pooped in the house! She was so embarrassed, and I honestly couldn’t blame her for not wanting to squat in a foot of snow and negative temperatures! Poor girl!

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 Because of the storm, our satellite went out for about 3 days, so I couldn’t watch TV. This wasn’t a huge deal for me because I don’t watch a ton of TV, but I still had to find things to do when Kinsie was napping. I ended up reading an entire book in just 3 days. (The book was called Bloom by Kelle Hampton…amazing book, I HIGHLY recommend it!) Anyway, Kinsie and I had to find things to do so we wouldn’t get bored (yes, even she was getting bored), so I used our time as an opportunity to play around with my camera and take pictures of my sweet girl.

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Making funny faces

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Watching the fish

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Lazy pups

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Baby snuggles and a good book…doesn’t get any better!

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Luckily on Tuesday, my dad decided to be a rebel and go against the travel restrictions to come pick me and Kinsie up to go to their house so we wouldn’t have to be alone anymore. I mean, being lonely and stir crazy is considered an emergency…right? Don’t answer that! Because school just kept getting cancelled, we got to spend the next few days with my family, which made being snowed in much more tolerable. We still really missed Ryan though!

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I couldn’t believe that we ended up getting 5 snow days in a row. God gave me 5 extra days with my baby and I couldn’t have been more grateful for that extra time with her. Unfortunately, reality starts on Monday!